19-year-old Ambra Sabatini led Italy to a historic clean sweep in the women's 100m T63 along with teammates Martina Caironi and Monica Graziana Contrafatto on Saturday, day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Ambra Sabatini clinched her first Paralympic title last night when she stormed right off the starting blocks in the women's 100m T63 to win gold at 14.11, whilst also setting a new world record.
If there are any doubts about this 19-year-old star's abilities - all that had dissipated in an instant and as lightning fast as her run last night.
Following her is teammates Martina Caironi and Monica Graziana Contrafatto who clinched silver and bronze - resulting in an Italian clean sweep of the event, which is the first 1-2-3 podium finish at Tokyo 2020.
The Italian athletics team had been making waves since the Olympic Games and through Sabatini, Caironi and Contrafatto have extended that nation's golden run in the Paralympic Games.
Learn more about the young star below.
Sabatini only took up athletics in 2020
The Italian star always had dreams of becoming an athlete. But in 2019, she lost her left leg in a vehicle accident on her way to an athletics practice.
A year after that life-changing moment - the young star was not dissuaded to take up para athletics to pursue her dreams of becoming an elite athlete.
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Smashing a world record in her debut
Sabatini burst into the international scene when she competed in Dubai 2021 Grand Prix in February this year. She not only won top podium but also set a new world record of 14.59 seconds.
“I can’t be happier than this. I made a good start and hoped until the end that it was a good time, and the record has arrived. I’m so excited to be here now,” said Sabatini.
A Paralympic champion - setting two world record in a day.
When Sabatini sealed her victory last night, she broke into tears
"It was too much. It represented the redemption of the last two years, from the accident. Now I feel complete," Sabitini said about winning gold two years after her accident.
In fact Sabatini didn't break just one world record - she did it into two first in the heats and then in the finals when she clocked in at 14.11.
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Clocking in at 14.11
Sabatini clocked in at 14.11 during the women's 100m T63 event. This is 48 milliseconds behind her world record breaking run in Dubai in February in the Grand Prix.
More sports in the horizon
Aside from track and field, Sabatini is also into other sports. She is into cycling and occasionally goes sports climbing on her days off.